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    I'm doing an overhaul in my discus tank and was thinking about sand for substrate. Curious if anybody here has it and how do you maintain it? I'm a bit concerned about the anaerobic bacteria buildup in sand though I prefer the way it looks.

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    I've used pool filter sand for years and it's great. It's just course enough to not get sucked up too easily by python gravel vac. If you're worried about anaerobic issues just keep the depth under an inch. Although, try as I might, I've never actually known of documented cases of fish kills in tanks due to this. I believe any gas would just bubble to the surface and release, much as any air bubble does.

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    If the sand isn't too fine you shouldn't have a problem. Pool filter sand or estes' stony river sand (a little coarser, more expensive) work well. The estes' sand doesn't compact or cause brown algae bloom. If you vacuum it or have plants I can't imagine a scenario of getting an anaerobic bacteria bloom.

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    I use this stuff. It is reasonably coarse and vacuum's well without losing tons each cleaning, and it has a really nice tan/white coloration and looks very natural. It is pre-washed and honestly only needed 2-3 rinses before being very clean & ready for use. Even after being in my tank for a month it is light & lose and has not packed down at all.

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    Thank you everyone! I just ordered my sand.

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